Norwegian Government Press Release 12 March 2010

Norway will support international trade ban for bluefin tuna

For the upcoming Conference of the Parties of CITES – the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora – which starts 13 March, there is a proposal to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). The species is in rapid decline, while it is subject to significant overfishing and illegal fishing. The lucrative trade in bluefin tuna, especially used for sushi and sashimi, is a strong motivating factor behind the fishery.

“Norway will support the proposal to stop international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna,” said Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim. “The species is in sharp decline meaning the requirements of the CITES Convention for a ban have been met. This is also supported by leading international experts.”

Norway will follow the recommendations of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s expert panel on fisheries. Norway also supports the FAO recommendations on the proposals to list certain shark species on the CITES Appendices. (…)

Press Release (Official Version)

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